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It is said that more than one million people will get engaged on Valentines Day, and with Valentines Day looming, I thought it would be fun to write about the history of the engagement ring! (You can find more beautiful jewelry for Valentines Day, or really, any day, over here too!)
The engagement ring goes very far back, but received an official meaning in 850. Pope Nicholas I declared that the engagement ring represented a man”s intent to marry, but diamonds were not seen on one until 1477.
In 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first known engagement ring that had diamonds. However, despite this, diamond engagement rings didn’t become popular until 1947 when a British company that mined diamonds in South Africa launched an advertising campaign. Thus is how we know the slogan ”A diamond is forever.”
Diamonds are not the only stones now a days that appear in engagement rings. It is very common to see amethyst, sapphire, emeralds, rubies and more.
Things to consider when purchasing an engagement ring:
Your budget. There are many different beliefs I have heard in regards to how much an engagement ring should cost. Find one that fits well into your budget.
Do some research surrounding various terms you are likely to run into while shopping. Cut, clarity, color and carat. Doing this ahead of time will help you understand quality, and price.
Know what stone you would like, while understanding the hardness and durability of it as well so you can keep your ring looking it’s best for years to come.
Her/Your style. Remember, this is a ring that will remain on your finger every day. Make sure it’s something that you feel good wearing every single day.
Things to avoid when buying an engagement ring:
Focusing solely on the size of the stone. Quality is important, as is remaining in budget!
If you are the one buying the ring for your partner, avoid buying what you like, and rather focus on what your partner would like.
Don’t be afraid to shop at small jewelry stores. It doesn’t need to be big brand named.
According to a survey, it’s estimated that most American couples plan to spend $1000-$5000 on an engagement ring.
Key Terms To Know About Engagement Rings Before You Go Shopping:
Accent Diamonds: These are the diamonds that surround or somehow enhance the main diamond. These are most often smaller than the main diamond.
The various settings for an engagement ring: prong, cathedral, bezel, channel, bar channel, and pave .
The various stone settings for an engagement ring: center stone, solitaire, three stones, and halo.
The 4 c’s. Make sure you have a clear understanding of colour, cut, clarity and carat.
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However you celebrate, or don’t celebrate, have a beautiful Valentines Day!